From the team behind Missrepresentation, The Mask You Live In is an exploration of how our culture is constantly telling boys and men that they have to prove their masculinity through violence, emotional repression, and not seeking help for their problems.


I’m so looking forward to this. 


'But the love story between Kili and Tauriel is unrealisti-'


'It was unnecessary to the plo-'


'It's never going to work ou-'




straight boys are real and they are dangerous

it’s not even straight awareness month anymore


Absolutely spotted hip/disinterested Tulio & Miguel on the L this morning.
Or as I’ll be calling it now, the El.


Absolutely spotted hip/disinterested Tulio & Miguel on the L this morning.

Or as I’ll be calling it now, the El.




Ugh! I know I’m horrible! They are supposed to be adorable and happy. I needed to make at least one of these though. I’m sooo sorry.

oh my god it hurts


A Boys’ Camp to Redefine Gender

Over the past three years, photographer Lindsay Morris has been documenting a four-day camp for gender nonconforming boys and their parents.

The camp, “You Are You” (the name has been changed to protect the privacy of the children and is also the name of Morris’ series), is for “Parents who don’t have a gender-confirming 3-year-old who wants to wear high heels and prefers to go down the pink aisle in K-Mart and not that nasty dark boys’ aisle,” Morris said with a laugh.

It is also a place for both parents and children to feel protected in an environment that encourages free expression.

“[The kids] don’t have to look over their shoulders, and they can let down their guard. Those are four days when none of that matters, and they are surrounded by family members who support them,” Morris said.

Morris has stated that her photographic goal for the project is “to represent the spirit of these boys as they shine.” Some of the ways in which the kids shine is through the talent and fashion shows at camp that are popular and for which the campers come well-prepared.

“Some practice for the talent show all year, and others create their own gowns with their mothers or friends of the family,” Morris said. “The focus and enthusiasm is really pretty incredible. Also, it can be very emotional for the parents, especially the families who are new to camp and are experiencing this kind of group acceptance for the very first time.”

Although it is unknown if the kids at the camp will eventually identify as gay or transgender—or even if the way gender and sexuality are defined throughout society will evolve—the camp allows the kids to look at themselves in a completely different way.

“They get enough questioning in their daily lives, so it’s a great place for them to express themselves as they feel. … I feel we hear so many of the sad stories and how LGBT kids are disproportionately affected by bullying, depression, and suicide, and it hangs a heavy cloud over them and kind of dooms them from the beginning. I’m saying this is a new story. This is not a tragedy.”

Morris hopes to eventually publish a book of her work and also launch a large multimedia show that travels the country and the world to show a new face of LGBT youth. The children featured here and in Morris’ project are photographed with the permission of the their parents. Her ultimate goal is to start a foundation that raises money to help underwrite the cost of camp for kids unable to attend. She also hopes to add even more dimension to the project, concentrating on producing more portraiture and documenting the transition the kids experience upon arrival to the camp.

“I would really love to follow the kids into adulthood and see what kind of relationships they develop,” Morris said. “I want to witness the evolution, knowing from where they started and see how life is going to play out for them—hopefully happily—and I think they’re going to have a better transition into adulthood than the generation proceeding them.”


everyones entitled to their own opinions, like “mario kart isnt good” or “i do not favor the color green”, but youre not entitled to thinking im undeserving of basic human rights, and youre not entitled to the belief that because of someones identity (whether it be sexual, racial, cultural, gender, or anything else) they deserve to be harmed. you are not entitled to be oppressive. this isnt something you can disagree with, because it isnt an opinion, i am merely stating facts






how is the healthcare system funded in pokemon, they must either have some sort of state which taxes the little shops which sell you ether and repel and shit or it’s some gigantic mutualist utopia or something

in pokemon black and white pokemon walmart and pokemon hospital are in the same building making it very clear they take place in america

the pokemon world’s economy is eccentric, but there are clear signs towards the existence of state power: ie, the fact that there are police. imo, all signs point to a utopian post-capitalist society that has only operated under its current mode for perhaps two generations. this reorganization of society was not precipitated by any revolution or even conscious political action, but rather the natural result of reforming the pokemon leagues and the systematic cataloging of pokemon and their capabilities thanks to professor oak’s pokedex.

throughout pokemon world’s history, pokemon have been used by humans to achieve things that they couldn’t do personally. indeed, as per Klink, Voltorb, Trubbish et al, new pokemon species will develop sympathetically to human society. however, forming a Bond between human and pokemon was significantly more difficult and required either the long-term taming of a pokemon raised from its juvenile evolutions or (more recently, within the last 700 years) the use of apricorn pokeballs, which were difficult to obtain due to the difficulty of cultivating apricorn trees. add to this the fact that pokemon at higher evolutionary tiers are less disposed to obey humans unless they’ve somehow proved their worth, and the vast majority of human owned pokemon would be placid, domesticated types and otherwise low power species. more powerful species and legendaries would only attach themselves to humans in dominant positions: kings, warlords, and so forth, and these pokemon would be bloody engines of war (see: pokemon conquest).

this feudal society evolved into a capitalist one thanks to the inception of the leagues. initially little more than the equivalent of a village cock-fighting ring. particularly adept trainers would find themselves able to make a living betting on the results of pokemon battles however, and would travel from village to village, challenging the best the locals could muster. eventually, they would make enough to retire, and many founded pokemon “gyms”, schools and dojos where people could pay to learn from them and perhaps even challenge them for status. the influence and wealth and gym leaders became such that they de facto controlled their town. this obviously drew the ire of the nobility, who attempted to crack down, but the gyms formed together into leagues and mounted a successful defense. the nobles were forced to play ball with the league, or else were replaced by them.

the resultant society was perhaps more “fair”, it operated under a meritocracy of a sort. anyone who was able to tame or catch a decent selection of pokemon, and challenge the league to make themselves known, could achieve high status and wealth. becoming league champion is, in its way, just as arbitrary an achievement as winning a war: enough to satisfy powerful pokemon’s desire for a competent master. a broader array of pokemon entered “common” use and could be directly leveraged to fulfil the requirements of a larger, more egalitarian dominant social strata, specifically in terms of construction and manufactory. this spurred the equivalent of the pokemon world’s industrial revolution. 

it wasn’t really fair of course, the children of gym leaders and former nobles, those who possessed land to hunt pokemon on. These people all tended to have better access to pokemon, and the money to buy apricorns. but there was no mass movement in the pokemon world equivalent to socialism. the majority of pokemon world’s people were still largely agrarian, the use of pokemon made the patterns of land enclosure and mass employment as laborers seen in our world unnecessary. 

the world carried on much as before until about 60-70 years ago (i’m basing this timing on the fact that some older trainers, such as Draden, suggest that they tamed their original pokemon rather than catching them) when Silph Co invented the mechanical pokeball. they could be manufactured in massive numbers and, more importantly, it could be done very cheaply. suddenly everyone could have pokemon, lots of pokemon. not just a couple of Flaafy that you trained over your entire life, but dozens of the damn things, of every conceivable type, even ones previously considered dangerous like Arcanine and Dragonite. 

suffice to say, this shook things up some. the leagues adapted quickly though, incorporating increased democratization and overhauling their structures to fit with the new paradigm. it may perhaps seem odd that the leagues acquiesced in most respects to popular political demand, but we  have to bear in mind that these were compromise measures: any nation that didn’t adopt the mechanical pokeball was going to fall behind, as mass pokeball ownership exponentially increased industrial capacity, and it was better that than face a real uprising from one of the new dangerous criminal and terrorist organizations who were able to quickly gain power by stealing pokemon (previously virtually impossible). the founding of the International Police around this time shows how seriously the leagues took the threat from Teams.

the new economy has, since then, gradually become divorced from capitalism. power, food, technology and consumer goods are all easily produced with the assistance of pokemon. they have become so cheap to produce that they may as well be free. the only form of poverty exists among the sick and disabled, who can’t catch or train pokemon, and that’s why social safety nets like nationalized healthcare have been broadly adopted. they are paid for by heavy taxes on “pokemon products” (potions, pokeballs, etc) which remain the only goods with any real cost outside of really specialized luxury goods. this is why in black 2 you don’t get paid money for starring in movies; you instead get rare items and pokemon products from your fans. 

most money probably doesn’t even come from jobs, since you need very little of it to keep yourself comfortable. money is kept in circulation mostly through pokemon battles, since trainers are the only ones that really need it (this is what allows Veterans to make a living as trainers also). this isn’t to say that access to resources is equal, far from it! certain old families still have more at their disposal (and more potent pokemon breeding stock). thus rich boys and ladies.

efficiency is only increasing since the development of the pokedex. while most pokemon species were discovered already, the pokedex allows detailed demographic information to be collected, making it easier for people to catch the pokemon they really want. it’s also led to stronger understanding of type interactions, see: the discover of dark and steel types (fairy type is still in peer review). since the pokedex was invented the world has been hyper-modernized, and now teleporters, maglev trains and the like are a reality. this is not a coincidence.

your average citizen in pokemon world is schooled until age 10-12 or so, and then begins a pokemon journey. they bond with various pokemon, and those pokemon determine what career they will have, by social convention. some jobs don’t require pokemon, but these are probably less prestigious outside of management roles. most of them will challenge and beat at least a few gyms. the gym leaders maintain several rosters to provide an appropriate challenge depending on the number of badges their opponent already has. their own personal team will see next to no use in an official context. 

not many people challenge the elite four, the top trainers that are part of the league, but doing so is considered very impressive. again, the elite four don’t use their best teams, they’re mostly battling children here. becoming a region “champion” will qualify a person for a gym leader position or a role in something like the battle institute, with membership in the elite four or even as the sitting champion themselves being a remote possibility for the future. the actual champion champion, the one you challenge, is determined by the elite four fighting among themselves and appointing the winner. they then replace the empty slot from among the gyms. 

yes, it’s possible to essentially join the government of a pokemon world nation by being really good at cockfighting. don’t forget, it’s widely believed (apparently sincerely) that a person who is a good trainer also necessarily has other positive attributes, so this isn’t that weird. and it seems plausible that the league trainers are supported by a larger bureaucracy that handles much of the day to day administration.  

in conclusion: jesus christ i hate myself



i was looking in the dylan sprouse tag and found a great interview with him about why he and cole left disney






Stonewall - Martin Duberman

The Gay Militants: How Gay Liberation Began in America, 1969-1971 - Donn Teal

“Sylvia Rivera: A Woman Before Her Time” - Liz Highleyman (from Smash the Church, Smash the State: The Early Years of Gay Liberation)

“Marsha P. Johnson: New York City Legand” - Tommi Avicolli Mecca (from Smash the Church, Smash the State: The Early Years of Gay Liberation)

“Queens in Exile, The Forgotten Ones” - Sylvia Rivera (from GenderQueer: Voices from Beyond the Sexual Binary)

“Rapping With a Street Transvestite Revolutionary: An Interview with Marcia Johnson” (from Out of the Closets: Voices of Gay Liberation)

‘I’m glad I was in the Stonewall riot’: Leslie Feinberg interviews Sylvia Rivera

Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries - Leslie Feinberg

“A Woman for Her Time” - Riki Wilchins (from The Village Voice)

Sylvia Rivera: 1951-2002 - Michael Bronski (from Z Magazine)

Sylvia Rivera soundportraits interview (from New York Times Magazine)

Sylvia Rivera soundportraits update from July 4, 2001

Remembering Stonewall soundportraits transcript

Sylvia Rivera New York Times obituary

“Sylvia and Sylvia’s Children: a Battle for a Queer Public” -  Benjamin Shepard (from That’s Revolting: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation)

Sylvia Rivera’s talk at LGMNY, June 2001

“Still at the back of the bus”: Sylvia Rivera’s struggle - Jessi Gan

The Gay Liberation Youth Movement in New York: “An Army of Lovers Cannot Fail” - Stephen L. Cohen

“Queens, Hookers, and Hustlers: Organizing for Survival and Revolt Amongst Gender-Variant Sex Workers, 1950-1970” - Mack Friedman

“Eliding trans Latino/a queer experience in U.S. LGBT history: José Sarria and Sylvia Rivera reexamined” - Tim Retzloff

“Sylvia Rivera: Fighting in Her Heels: Stonewall, Civil Rights, and Liberation” - Layli Phillips and Shomari Olugbala (from The Human Tradition in the Civil Rights Movement)

“History or Myth? Writing Stonewall” - Benjamin Shepard

Transgender Warriors: making history from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman - Leslie Feinberg

“From Community Organization to Direct Services: The Street Trans Action Revolutionaries to Sylvia Rivera Law Project” - Benjamin Shepard

“Sylvia Rivera: She was more than Stonewall” - jerimarie liesegang

“Amanda Milan and the rebirth of the Street Trans Action Revolutionaries” - Benjamin Shepard (in From Act Up to the WTO)

“Transvestites: your half sisters and half brothers of the Revolution” - Sylvia Rivera (from Come Out! Magazine 1971)

“Sylvia Goes to College: ‘Gay Is Proud’ at NYU” - Arthur Bell (from the Village Voice, October 15, 1970)

“Street Transvestites for Gay Power” (October 1971)


Pay it No Mind: The Life and Times of Marsha P. Johnson

Sylvia Rivera: Trans Movement Founder

Sylvia Rivera speaking at the 1973 Christopher Street Liberation Day Parade after being mocked and repressed by lesbian feminists and gay men

Clip from Market This featuring Sylvia

Sylvia Rivera at World Pride 2000

Changing House (a short documentary on Transy House)

Randy Wicker Interviews Sylvia Rivera on the Pier

Marsha P. Johnson home video

Marsha P. Johnson - People’s Memorial

Marsha P. Johnson In Person

Marsha P. Johnson at Baltimore Pride 1991


Marsha P. Johnson photo collection (by Randy Wicker)

Sylvia Rivera photo collection (by Randy Wicker)


men should take advantage of the lack of dress code rules set for guys and wear mini skirts and tank tops to school every day